Oct. 17, 2011
Tuesday, Oct. 18 -- vs. No. 4 Akron (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7:30 p.m.
TV: Big Ten Network (live) | Live Stats | Promotions: Team Night, Back to Campus BBQ
Saturday, Oct. 22 -- at San Diego State (San Diego, Calif.), 6 p.m. EDT/3 p.m. PDT
The University of Michigan men's soccer team (4-10-1, 1-3 Big Ten) will play a pair of non-conference games this week. The Wolverines host fourth-ranked Akron (10-1-2, 3-0 Mid-American Conference) on Tuesday night (Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m.) at the U-M Soccer Stadium. That game will be shown live on the Big Ten Network. Michigan will then head west to face No. 22 San Diego State (8-3-2, 3-2 Pac-12) on Saturday night (Oct. 22, 3 p.m. PDT) at the SDSU Sports Deck in San Diego, Calif.
Scouting Akron -- The fourth-ranked Zips defeated Hartwick, 2-0, on Saturday night (Oct. 15) to give head coach Caleb Porter his 100th career victory. The 2010 national champions are led offensively by Darren Mattocks (25 points; 12 goals, 1 assist) and Scott Caldwell (15 points; 4 goals, 7 assists). David Meves has started all 13 games in goal, with a 0.44 goals-against average and nine shutouts.
Michigan vs. Akron -- This will be the 11th meeting all-time between the two schools. The Wolverines have a 3-7 mark all-time against the Zips. Akron defeated Michigan, 2-1, in last year's national semifinal and posted a 7-1 regular-season victory against the Wolverines in Akron. The Zips have won four straight meetings with the last Wolverine victory coming in 2007 (2-1 home win). The two programs have met every season since 1993, including twice in NCAA Tournament competition (2004 and 2010).
Scouting San Diego State -- The Aztecs, who are receiving votes in the latest NSCAA national poll, are led by Miles Byass (13 points; 4 goals, 5 assists), Jordan Ongaro (12 points; 5 goals, 2 assists) and Daniel Steres (11 points, 4 goals, 3 assists) on the offensive end. Blake Hylen has settled in as the top goalkeeper, making 42 saves with a 1.05 goals-against average in 12 starts.
Wolverines vs. Aztecs -- Michigan and San Diego State will meet on the pitch for the second time on Saturday night. The only previous match-up came early in the 2008 season, a 3-2 overtime victory for the Wolverines in San Diego.
Michigan to Host 2011 Big Ten Championship -- The men's soccer program will play host to the 2011 Big Ten Tournament at the U-M Soccer Stadium. The tournament runs from Wednesday, Nov. 9, through Sunday, Nov. 13. The first round will be played Wednesday and the semifinals will be contested on Friday, Nov. 11. The championship game will be held on Sunday, Nov. 13.
Back to California -- Michigan's last game in the state of California came in last season's College Cup in Santa Barbara, against Tuesday's opponent Akron. Before that, U-M played in the 2008 San Diego State Tournament, going undefeated (1-0-1) with a 3-2 overtime win over SDSU and 1-1 tie with San Diego.
Arnone Scores Second Career Goal -- Freshman midfielder/forward Tyler Arnone (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville HS) heads into the Akron and San Diego State games after tallying his second goal of the season, scoring the team's lone goal against Indiana, blistering a shot from 18 yards out to the lower left, giving U-M a 1-0 halftime lead. Arnone scored his only other goal of the season at Detroit. He has started all 15 games in the midfield for the Wolverines, registering 26 total shots and six on net.
Opare Heads in a Pair of Goals -- Junior defender Kofi Opare (Niagara Falls, Ontario/St. Paul HS) enters the Akron and San Diego State game after tallying a pair of header goals in the past three games. Opare headed in a corner kick against Oakland and registered his first goal of the season against Wisconsin (Oct. 9). He headed a corner kick off the Badgers goalkeeper and in the goal. Opare assisted on Tyler Arnone's goal against Indiana and has five points on the season; all in the past three games. He has three career goals, with only previous tally coming as a freshman against Wright State (Sept. 11, 2009). Opare has six shots on goal and 19 total shots this season.
Sullivan Scores First Career Goal -- Junior/sophomore Noble Sullivan (Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central HS) heads into the week of non-conference play after tallying his first career marker, scoring the game-winning goal in double overtime against Oakland University. He tallied his first career goal in the 104th minute of play against the Grizzlies, pushing home the winner on a deflection. Sullivan has five shots on goal and 10 total shots this season.
Alashe Pushes Consecutive Starts Streak to 58 Games -- Junior Latif Alashe (Northville, Mich./Northville HS) heads into this week's action with the team's longest active streak of consecutive starts. Alashe has started a team-best 58 straight games, every contest in his three-year career. He contributed an assist on Sullivan's game-winning goal at Oakland and has five points on the season (1 goal, 3 assists). Alashe scored his lone goal of the campaign against Notre Dame.
Rickard Contributing Assists -- Freshman Matthew Rickard (Exeter, Devonshire/Clyst Vale CC) has contributed in the assist column recently, helping out on Arnone's goal against Indiana and Ezekiel Harris' game-winner at Penn State. Rickard has played in all 15 contests with six shots on goal and 22 total shots.
Harris Leads Wolverines in Big Ten Play -- Sophomore Ezekiel Harris (Flint, Mich./Carman-Ainsworth HS) leads the Wolverines with four points in Big Ten play. Harris tallied the game-winning goal with 63 seconds remaining at Penn State on Oct. 1 and scored in the final minutes at Ohio State on Sept. 25. He missed the Wisconsin game (sat out with five yellow cards) and was back in the starting lineup against Indiana.
Harris Tallies Goals -- Ezekiel Harris is the team's third-leading scorer with seven points this season. In addition to his goals against PSU and OSU, Harris notched the tying goal against Georgetown on Sept. 11. He picked up his first assist of the season on David Yang's goal against Western Michigan on Oct. 5. Harris has tallied a point in three of his past five games played. Overall, he has eight shots on goal and 13 total shots this season.
Pereira Tops Team in Points, Scoring -- Sophomore Fabio Villas Boas Pereira (Sao Paolo, Brazil/South Kent School [Conn.]) leads the Wolverines in points and goals this season -- 12 points on four goals and four assists. He has tallied one goal in Big Ten play, scoring on a left-footed shot from five yards out at Ohio State on Sept. 25. Pereira is tied for fifth in points and goals and is tied for fourth in assists. He has started 14 of the 15 games this season.
Pereira Second in Big Ten in Shots -- Fabio Villas Boas Pereira has taken the second-most shots of any player in the conference this season. Pereira has 54 shots in 15 contests. He also is second in the league with an average of 3.6 shots per contest. He has 24 shots on goal.
Grinwis Nears 50 Saves on the Season -- Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Adam Grinwis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills HS) has started between the posts in 14 of the 15 games for the Wolverines this season. Grinwis has 44 saves on the year, including a career-best eight stops at Penn State on Oct. 1 and against Marquette on Sept. 18. He is tied for fourth in the Big Ten with 44 saves this season. He has a 1.72 goals-against average.
Lussiez Tied for Team Lead in Goals -- Sophomore Etienne Lussiez (Livonia, Mich./Winston Churchill HS) enters this week's action second on the team in points this season. Lussiez is tied for the team lead with four goals and has contributed one assist for nine points on the year. He tallied the team's first goal at No. 19 Penn State on Oct. 1 and scored a second-half hat trick at Detroit on Sept. 14. Lussiez assisted on the team's only goal at No. 16 Notre Dame on Sept. 16. He is tied for fifth in the Big Ten in goals (four) and is tied for ninth in points (nine).
Youth Movement -- So far this season, 10 Wolverines have made their collegiate debuts: Tyler Arnone, Gabe Grinstein, Adam Grinwis, Alex Landschulz, Tyler Leppek, Nick Lewin, Etienne Lussiez, Matthew Rickard, Luca Schioppa and TJ VanSlooten.
Trio of Captains Named -- Adam Shaw, Tim Bergsma and Brian Klemczak were named captains by head coach Steve Burns. Each will be serving as captain for the first time.
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Saturday, Oct. 30 -- at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.), Noon
Saturday, Nov. 5 -- vs. Northwestern (U-M Soccer Stadium), 5 p.m.